Entries by Bernardo Longo


No, this is not a thriller movie but an indication to characterize the discovery concerning a new type of the famous overprinted issues centered on the 10’000 Lebanese Lira stamp. According to various catalogs, this stamp was issued on 11 May 1998 to commemorate His Holiness John Paul II’s visit to Lebanon on 10 and […]

The use of Aleppo Rosette on commercial mail

by Bernardo Longo   The purpose of this article is to show the postage use of so-called “Flueron d’Alep” stamps. For the complete philatelic description of this stamps issue I leave the task to some other brave collector.   A series consisting of nine French stamps overprinted by second Gedeon type “O.M.F. Syrie” and new […]

Non solo ora – Disinfezioni e quarantene nel passato – Not just now – Disinfections and quarantines in the past

Questo articolo e’ dedicato a tutti i miei connazionali in Italia costretti alla quarantena dal virus Covid 19. Eccezionalmente esso sara’ pubblicato anche nella lingua di Dante per facilitarne la lettura a quelli che come me poco sono avvezzi a quella di Shakespeare. This article is dedicated to all my compatriots forced to quarantine in […]

Lebanon – The post offices of the Bekaa Valley October 1918/September 1920

This article appeared in a slightly different form in “The Levant” Journal of the Ottoman and the Near East Philatelic Society issued in 3 September 2019. The Bekaa valley, currently Lebanese territory, is located between the Mount Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon mountain chains, the latter became the current eastern frontier with Syria. Regarding longitude it […]

The fake “Grand Zero”

This piece of paper, a copy of the uncommon redrawing of the Bay of Djounie 50 Piastres stamp reissued in 1949 originally in dark red-orange (Michel n 425), is apparently absurd with blue print, but really it is not (fig 1). fig 1 – On the right, the enlargements of some areas affected by the […]


This article was published by the author in the Vaccari Magazine n 44 of November 2010. To talk about a particular cancellation of the Austrian Levant used in Beirut, it is necessary to start from a summary analysis of the postal seal and cancellations used by the foreign offices operating in the Lebanese city (Fig.1). It […]